Van Sickle: It's funny how Phil has such a good Open record when his errant driving and the notorious rough make the Open seem like a tournament he shouldn't do well in.
Anonymous Pro: He makes up for his wild driving with his iron game and his short game. Since the USGA went to graduated rough [in 2006], it's helped guys like Phil who don't hit it straight. If they play all the new back tees they've built at Pebble, driving accuracy will be more of a factor. That hurts Phil. At the same time there are plenty of short holes. Other than number 9 there are no buster-length par-4s. I think Phil will play well there.
Shipnuck: Davis also said these are the smallest greens in major championship golf. Factor in wind and firm greens, and it may really turn into a short-game contest, which totally favors Phil.
Hack: Look, Phil can get it up and down from anywhere. He's strong enough to play out of U.S. Open rough, an underappreciated fact. His masterly play around the greens can't be overstated. He's a guy who can hit fewer than half of the fairways and still contend. There's only one other person on the planet who can do that.
Garrity: Don't tell me—the other one is Paul Goydos, right?
Lost in The Woods
Bamberger: Here's the thing about Tiger: He's been a total creature of habit since we've covered him as a teenager. The early-morning practice rounds, the early-morning workout routines, the sessions with his coach. Now his routines have been taken away, and he doesn't have a coach. It would be very understandable if he's really drifting. Now would be a good time for caddie Steve Williams to ask for a raise.
Shipnuck: Tiger is embarrassed by how he's been playing. You know he's been grinding his tail off as much as he can the last few weeks, given his sore neck. He's still Tiger, and he has all that talent and know-how. He simply has to find it, but it's a real X factor now.
Van Sickle: I don't see Tiger getting back to being Tiger until his marital situation is resolved. His swing issues aren't as significant as his life issues. But he is Tiger. You never say never with him.
Garrity: If Elin is really asking for $750 million, I'd say the negotiations are affecting his play. There's no way Tiger is the near billionaire that he was speculated to be before the economy melted down. But I don't really believe it's that. I think it's a combination of his inability to master Hank Haney's flatter swing and the physical ailments he's had or still has. Tiger never tells the truth about either of those subjects, so we can only guess.